I'm very serious about getting an intra-matic as my first "big" watch purchase. I plan to use it as a daily wearer. I tried the 38mm on in-store and it looked perfect. I don't feel comfortable buying it pre-owned, so I really have two options right now:
A - My local Tourneau has it for $845 with a 2 year store warranty + 3 year Hamilton warranty. This is obviously the higher price, especially with tax, but it's the better security option. I'm terrible at haggling with anyone, Tourneau or otherwise, so it would make no difference. I can wear it out of the store as well.
B - Amazon/Jomashop has it for about $560 with a 2 year Jomashop warranty. It's healthier for my college-student budget, as it's nearly half the total price of the Tourneau option (plus no tax, free shipping), but the warranty leaves something to be desired. I will also have to deal with possible shipping damages (though that's never been a problem with my previous watch orders).
It's sort of a dilemma for me right now, considering pricing and warranty. I welcome any helpful thoughts or comments. If anyone can speak from personal experience about either of these options, I'd also appreciate that.